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I talked with BYU Basketball recruit Tyler Haws this morning, and you can hear his entire interview by clicking his audio link in the "Cougar Cuts" box to the lower right.
Tyler says BYU probably worked the "hardest" in the recruiting process, and I think one of the untold stories is how much BYU coaches had to do to really get on the Haws family radar. While many assume BYU had an inherent edge in this recruiting battle (due to Marty's BYU history, proximity, Lone Peak player precedence), BYU may have had some intrinsic hurdles to overcome, if for no other reason than Tyler and his family were going to make sure they explored every possible option--beyond BYU.
Either way, Dave Rose and his staff never took Tyler for granted, and ultimately proved they wanted him most and had the most to offer. And to that end, it bears noting that BYU as an institution and BYU Basketball as a program indeed have a lot to put on the table. Tyler told me he is getting at BYU everything he wants out of a college education, and in particular, he's getting everything at BYU that he would have gotten at Stanford (the only other school to survive Tyler's "final cut").
Tyler tells me he plans to play a year and then embark on an LDS mission.
While he has some work to do to catch up with Lee Cummard, Tyler Haws will be asked to do much of what Cummard does now, and his addition potentially makes for a seamless transition on the wing in 2009. Of course, he will be the low man on the totem pole at that time, but Haws is a special talent who appears to be up to the task of becoming a 4-year college starter.